‘DWTS’ Alum Melora Hardin to Release Powerful New Docuseries

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The Office star and Season 30 Dancing with the Stars contestant Melora Hardin is planning to release a docuseries about the powerful friendship she formed with a fan named Hunter Austin. Deadline reports that Revelations Entertainment acquired the series, titled Thunder, Hunter, and Me.


Melora Hardin to Release Four-Part Docuseries About Friendship

The four-part series, directed by Hardin, documents her friendship with Hunter Austin, who was a fan of Hardin’s 1977 children’s show Thunder. Hardin starred in the series as a kid, playing a girl named Cindy Prescott who had a horse named Thunder.

The pair met while filming a music video, and Austin eventually opened up to Hardin about being raped by a stranger when she was 7 years old. The docuseries details how Austin has worked toward healing from the trauma.

“She saw something in me, even as a little girl acting a part. She chose me to go on this journey with her,” Hardin says in the trailer. “It took 43 years, but Cindy and Thunder finally came to help.”


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Hardin Hopes the Series Helps Others Heal

“This is an invitation for others to do their own healing,” Hardin told Deadline. “I’m not standing on a soapbox and telling you this is how you have to do it. It’s really just like looking through a keyhole because I picked up the camera so early in the experience.”

Hardin shared that about 85 percent of the series was shot without a camera crew, in private moments between Hardin and Austin. She shared that she and Austin are still “very close,” and Austin “keeps getting better all the time.”


“What both Hunter and I really feel motivated us the most in making this was to shine a light on the healing aspect and the way [trauma] can really sort of imprison a part of your life for a very long time,” Hardin continued. “We hope it will inspire people to do their own healing, find their own path, and talk to the people they feel safe with.”

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